Prominent MP Pierre Poilievre is expected to be removed from his role as finance critic in an upcoming shadow cabinet shuffle.

Conservative sources told the CBC that Poilievre will soon be removed from the finance portfolio and replaced by B.C. MP Ed Fast.

Poilievre has served as finance critic since 2017 and is considered one of the most prominent members of the Conservative caucus. The Conservatives say the move is not meant to be a downgrade.

Poilievre is expected to be made critic for jobs and industry as Conservative leader Erin O’Toole wants to realign the shadow cabinet to focus on Canada’s economic recovery.

As finance critic, Poilievre took a leading role holding the Trudeau government accountable for the WE Charity scandal. In the House of Commons, Poilievre grilled Liberal cabinet ministers on the country’s fiscal management on a daily basis.

Edmonton Centre MP James Cumming currently holds the industry portfolio and MP Peter Kent holds the employment file. Kent is expected to retire in the coming months. It is unclear what other changes will be made to the official opposition’s shadow cabinet.

More to come.

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